Fri: Lotus, Force India, Sauber


There were top ten times in Friday’s second practica in Brazil for Romain Grosjean and Nico Hulkenberg while Sergio Perez just missed out…

Romain Grosjean: 
“It was pretty hot out there and you really felt it in the car! We had a few areas to work on with the set-up in the afternoon, but P7 on the board is pretty good for us at this stage in the season. It’s a great track that I really love and you forget just how good it is till you get out there and put in a lap. I’m really looking forward to qualifying.”

Pastor Maldonado: “There’s more to come from the car but we clocked up a lot of laps today so we can make some good progress on the set-up before tomorrow. It’s a short track but we really put in the laps in the afternoon. It’s always great driving this track.”

Force India:
Nico Hulkenberg: “It was a standard Friday with lots of laps covered and plenty of data collected. Track temperatures were high for most of the day so it didn’t really matter that there were a few spots of rain because it evaporated very quickly. There is still a lot of work to do ahead of qualifying because I’m not completely happy with the balance and we need to work more on understanding the tyres. With such a short lap the grid is always tight here so it’s important we find some more performance tonight.”

Sergio Perez: “We learned a lot today with a big test programme this morning. Everything went smoothly and it has given us plenty to analyse because we ran different programmes with each car. The afternoon was standard for us – collecting the tyre information and continuing to improve the car. I think we need to change a few things tonight, but I’m confident we have enough information to make sure we choose the right direction.”

Felipe Nasr: 
“Two positive practice sessions today. In the morning the main focus was on aero work. So far we have never been able to do as many aero measurements on the car. It was positive that we collected a lot of valuable information. In FP2 I was able to concentrate more on driving, especially with a high-fuel load. I was able to run many laps, and I think there is still room for improvement. Driving in front of the Brazilian fans felt like being at home. I really like the atmosphere around the track, and I am pleased I have the chance to drive in front of my home fans.”

Marcus Ericsson: “It was a good Friday. It was my first time driving on this track, so in FP1 I wanted to cover as many kilomtres as possible. In the morning we tried different set-ups on the car and then made the right changes for FP2. I felt more comfortable in the car. I had a good feeling on the high and low-fuel runs with the medium tyres. However, I was a bit unlucky on my short-run on soft tyes as the red flag came out, which meant we had to change our programme. We postponed this low-fuel run to the end of the session, but lost the edge of the tyres as I had already been out with this set. On soft tyres we have some work to do, but on the medium tyres we had a reasonable session.”